Monday, 30 April 2012

Z is for Zinnia



And so we reach the end. I don't know about all of you but I feel a bit ZZZZZ after all those blog posts. I thought about ending with Z is for Zebra as I started with A is for Apple but decided against that. By the way, did you ever wonder what colour zebras actually are? Well, they are black with white stripes - not white with black stripes.

  That post would have been a bit monochrome so  instead this thread is more colourful as I shall add a few pictures of the Zinnia, a very pretty flower from the Americas, mostly situated in Mexico, and a member of the Astor family. Strangely the Spanish used to call them Mal De Ojos or the Evil Eye, but also because they were considered to be ugly! They like hot dry climates so if you want to grow them and don't live in such a place may do better grown in a greenhouse, but can be put outside once it has germinated. There are many different types, and lots of different pretty colours. They attract butterflies which is a bonus.

  I actually had this name on my baby name list for my first child but The Chauffeur discounted it - one of many names I liked. He didn't have any particular choice but I had a huuge list. He wouldn't go for anything unusual, that included Zinnia, but also any 'hippy' type names I liked such as Meadow or Blue. Nor anything too old fashioned, out went my Olde English choices such as Isolde, no foreign names as the surname is foreign and he was worried about bullying, out went Titziana. in fact my huuge list was quite shortened by the end. Not that I chose anything too different, certainly not Talula Does The Hula In Hawaii as had been chosen in Australia, nor Number 16 Bus Shelter - another real choice! With choices like those what on earth is wrong with Zinnia? In the end we went with sensible traditional which luckily I do like a lot, though very popular.

So, we have reached the end and I find it all quite sad. But don't forget the Reflection Post. I will be visiting many more blogs in the coming year as the list will still be up, so that will be fun. In the meantime have a look at some more Zinnias - none of them  mine, of course as she is named something quite different.



7 comments:

Joy Ciaffoni said...

Delightful post.

DayDreamer said...

Thanks Joy :)

Teresa Cypher said...

Nice "Z" post, Daydreamer. Zinnias are such wonderful flowers. We grow them in the garden every year. Can start them from seed--in the ground in the garden. They don't have to be babied in pots! I have successfully dried them and used them in wreaths. They loose some color, but overall, not bad. So glad our virulent paths crossed! I will be back to visit again :-) !

Liz Fichera said...

Gorgeous flowers! And we see these where I live in the Southwestern American desert. I think they're beautiful.

DayDreamer said...

Hi Teresa and Liz, aren't they beautiful? So many lovely and vibrant colours.

Medeia Sharif said...

Beautiful flowers.

Congrats on finishing A to Z.

Teresa Cypher said...

Just passing through today. I bought zinnia seeds. And later my 4 year old granddaughter is coming over to help me plant them :-) Have a good Monday :-)